So, you have a gorgeous chewing, yapping, sleeping, playing, eating puppy you have totally fallen in love with. And you’re treasuring every moment, even the messy ones, and loving being a pet parent. The best pet parent , eh? We thought so.
But this little one grows by the minute, it seems, and you’re wondering if the outside garden will be big enough and if the hi-tech doggy bed you want to invest in will be too small in a few months.
It’s especially pertinent if you have a mixed breed mutt or aren’t sure of its exact age or background. Perhaps s/he’ll always be your baby, but it helps to know beforehand what size your fully-grown dog might be.
Dog Ideas advises that the “general rule of thumb to tell how big your mutt will get is that an adult dog is nearly 4 times the height and weight of the puppy at 4 months of age.” When deciding if the pup is small, medium or large-size and projecting its growth accordingly, they have a few suggestions:
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When is a puppy no longer a puppy? Weight, height, growth rate and life stage all play into it.
“On average, small breeds typically stop growing by the time they reach 6 to 8 months of age,” K9 of Mine advises, “but giant breeds grow until they are 12 to 18 months old.”
“If you’re wondering approximately how much weight your puppy should gain per week,” suggests Fido Savvy, “and you know whether he’s a small/medium/large/giant breed then these figures are a good rule of thumb: Tiny and toy breed puppies – approximately 140 grams per week. Small breed puppies – approximately 280 grams per week.”
If you fell for the weakest, smallest (and cutest) one of the litter, you may have a critter that struggles some. Or not. “Sometimes a runt is the smallest,” cautions the Happy Puppy Site, “but healthy, sibling. But some runts are dangerously underweight, and this can be caused, or accompanied, by very real health problems. Not every runt puppy will make it, but those that do will have a special story for the rest of their lives.”
If you have all the info you need, try this puppy growth chart.
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